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A number of Donald Danforth Plant Science Center faculty and staff have been recognized for their expertise and knowledge in their field in the past months. Read below how they strive to serve the scientific community and improve the human condition through plant science.
Dr. Toni Kutchan, the Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigator and Principal Investigator, was received Fellows Award from the Academy of Science-St. Louis in April. The award recognizes a distinguished individuals for outstanding achievement in science.
“Toni is a world class scientist who has explored the biochemical pathways that plant use to produce pharmaceutical products,” said William H. Danforth, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. “St. Louis is fortunate that she decided to come here to work at the Danforth Center.”
Since its inception, the Academy has promoted the recognition of the impressive scientists of St. Louis. This tradition continues with the Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards. Each award-winner represents both an extraordinary caliber of expertise and a dedication to fostering science literacy.
Hal Davies, Chief Financial Officer and V.P. of Finance, was named by the St. Louis Business Journal as a CFO Awards Finalist in the category of large nonprofits this May.
Before he became the Center Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s CFO in 2001, Hal’s career featured stints at the $185 million Alper Ink Group LLC, the $600 million Huttig Building Products Inc. and accounting firm, Deloitte. Hal is also a past president of the St. Louis Chapter of Financial Executives International.
According to Sam Fiorello, Chief Operating Officer of the center, Davies’ ability to manage grants and contracts “has led to best-in-class stewardship of our donor, taxpayer and other funded activities” as the Center moved from startup to the world’s largest independent plant research institute. The Center had 2010 revenue of $25.7 million.
This May, James Cox, Danforth Center Compliance Manager, completed all requirements for certification as a certified Safety professional (CSP). The highly respected certification is awarded to individual who meet academic standards, satisfy professional safety experience requirements, and passed two rigorous examinations. The examinations cover engineering and management aspects of safety, applied science legal and regulatory matters, professional affairs and other safety-related topics.
“Jim’s expertise ensures safety for employees, the public, property and the environment at the Danforth Center,” said Howard Beittenmiller, Director, Facilities & Support Services of the Danforth Center. “Jim’s diligence to achieve the CSP certification will advance the safety of the Center.”
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals, governed by 13 directors with seven membership organizations, establishes standards for and verifies minimum competency in professional safety practice. BCSP also evaluates CSPs for compliance with re-certification requirements. Since 1969, almost 20,000 individuals have achieved the Certified Safety Professional certification. Currently, more than 11,000 hold people the CSP. More information about BCSP, the CSP and professional safety practice is available at www.bcsp.org.
To learn more about a career at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, visit http://www.danforthcenter.org/the_center/careers/.
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